Director and Instructor
Tim Jones is Director of Surf School Sri Lanka and Surf School Lanzarote and SUP Yoga Sri Lanka. From Wales, he’s been surfing for over 50 years and coaching for over 35 years.
Beginning coaching in the early 80’s he’s worked continually at all levels of surfer. While developing internationally recognized coaching programs for advanced, intermediate and beginner surfers he still coaches competitive surfers and has a string of National Champions who have spent time under his guidance. Tim’s is an ex national finalist himself.
Tim was also responsible for the set up of the first special needs surfing courses in Europe and paved the way for this vital area of coaching.
He’s been involved in the structure of coaching awards since 1982 and works closely with the International Surfing Association as a course presenter and advisory. He has been given the job of developing surfing in Sri Lanka by the Minster for Sport Mr Dayasiri Jayasekara
He also spent many years in the surfboard industry having worked with some of the best American and Australian shapers to come to Europe. He is in the unique position of being a board designer and surfing coach.
Still surfing himself all the time he has a boundless energy and enthusiasm for people, coaching and surfing. When interviewed recently he was asked ‘had the Ocean taught him anything in life’his answer was …. ‘That I am part of it ‘
Leading your Yoga sessions for surfers will be Magda who practiced and taught yoga in various studios around Manchester. Before that she was working in a very stressful environment which created the need for her to find something which was going to be good for her body and mind. She felt in love with Ashtanga Yoga as she realised that the practice is much more than just physical exercises. Fascinated by the breath, flow and changes that yoga started to make in her life, she decided that she would love to pass on that practice to other people.
Magda completed her Yoga Alliance Ashtanga teacher training at the beautiful Samahita Retreat, at Koh Samui in Thailand where she studied yoga anatomy, philosophy and different breathing techniques – pranayama. Fascinated by water since she was a sailing kid, she discovered Stand Up Paddleboard and very quickly she started using the board as an alternative yoga mat and after teacher training in Brighton she opened first SUP yoga classes in Manchester, UK. As she says water is her element, nature is her healer, yoga is her life.
Piadasa has looked after our amazing house and Centre for over 20 years. He has a deep love for our building and we know what a joyful experience it has been for him to see it transformed into the wonderful Centre it is now. Shy, helpful and respectful he is truly part of the lifeblood of our project here. We can only say thanks to his unending loyalty to us.
Our lovely chef Karmai keeps us fuelled and happy with the most delicious Sri Lanka vegetarian cooking. Always open to a new recipe she taken on some other vegetarian favourites from around the world and given them a small Sri Lankan twist. We are so happy to have her with us.